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Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry & we are delighted to be attending.  We’ll be showcasing the next generation of doctor blades – be sure to pop by and see why after 40 years, we’re still the original and best.  Talk to our tech team and see how we can optimise your printing.



  • Monday, 25 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Tuesday, 26 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Wednesday, 27 September, 9:30 – 17:30
  • Thursday, 28 September, 9:30 – 16:00

FTA Doctor Blade Survey show promising results

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Esterlam review findings of new survey on doctor blades for the printing industry

As the original pioneers of the first synthetic doctor blades, Esterlam were very pleased to see the recent FTA flash survey on doctor blades. So little attention is paid to the doctor blade: ‘….consumable that is installed, used and abused and then discarded..’ With so little attention being paid to the how and why they perform and their function, it is great to get to see this survey highlighting the doctor blades.

“So much money is spent on the latest machinery with the latest gears, drives, pumps, anilox rollers, plates and inline inspection equipment etc. in order to achieve the colour and quality of print the customer demands,” says Esterlam’s Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “The doctor blade removes all the excess ink off the anilox to make sure that that specific volume of ink or coating is applied. It is a vital component to bring all these factors together to produce the best image and quality so Esterlam doctor blades really are at the very heart of every press”

Reading through the report highlighted many things. The main observations for Esterlam as a company is recognition that our advanced synthetic blades provide all converters with the top three factors given as the most important when considering which blade to buy. “Our blades also help with every other factor mentioned in the survey too,” adds Neil. “We would be happy to talk to anyone on any doctor blade or doctoring related topics and provide production samples for testing with a full information pack and full technical support.”


Read the full FTA article:

Contact Info:
Esterlam International Ltd
Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE England
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 690691

G Series

Latest Doctor Blade – New industry standard in the Corrugated industry

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Esterlam’s NEW G Series Doctor blades
Rapidly becoming the new industry standard in the
Corrugated industry

The new high-grade derivative UHMW blend is offering 2-3 times longer life than the standard UHMW PE blades currently used in this market. The corrugated industry has often been wrongly labelled as the poor relation to high-end packing printers. The number of cartons produced was always deemed more important than the finished print quality. This divide has closed significantly over the past few years and is closing even quicker with the introduction of the new G Series blade.

“After years of development and testing, the New G series blade offers significant improvements in blade life.,” said Managing Director John Hailey. “Its inherent strength helps every blade to hold its shape when being run under a constant pressure in the chamber or holder. This means higher quality print is achievable simply by replacing a blade and you’ll also see longer print runs and less blade changes.”
Since creating the world’s first synthetic doctor blade in the early 1970’s, Esterlam are proud to launch a brand-new blade to the global print industry. Plastics Capital Group, Flexipol Packaging Print Technician Wayne Jenkinson said

“The new Esterlam blades have been giving exceptional blade life and wearing more evenly. The new blades don’t relax and keep their shape better in the chamber so less pressure is required and more consistent print achievable.”
Commercial Director Neil Hailey said “We’re very excited with our latest synthetic blade innovation. The new blade has been in design and production for around a year and after months of rigorous testing, we’re now able to share the new, superior doctor blades with customers worldwide. “Introduce the new Esterlam G Series blades into your press and you will see improved print quality and longer blade life,” said Commercial Director Neil Hailey. “You’ll also broaden your potential customer base simply by changing the blade. Longer print runs and being able to offer higher quality print from your existing machinery is a big step forward in the evolution of printing.”

Esterlam products and expertise are at the heart of every press and this new G Series blade is definitely the latest and most significant difference in the corrugated industry for years

Please do not hesitate to contact our team for more information on our doctor blades:

Esterlam International Limited
Eastway, Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9GE, England
Tel: +44(0)1752 690691 Fax: -+44(0)01752 690436

Team Focus – Neil Hailey

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 As a family run business, we have renowned reputation for understanding our client’s requirements as well as building a truly friendly working relationship as we go. Our history and expertise in the industry has led to a worldwide presence throughout an extensive network of technical agents, who can supply Esterlam doctor blade products with full and comprehensive technical support at over 100 countries worldwide.
But who is the team behind Esterlam?  This week continue our series looking at the team behind the brand and find out a little more about the company.


Neil Hailey – Commercial Director

My role at Esterlam is to support the vision of the business, and to assist the team in delivering our overall aims and to make sure that we consistently deliver the standard of excellence our customers expect.

Our main focus is to continue to grow our markets with our Agents and to maintain strong relationships with them by working closely on joint initiatives and projects that focus on quality and customer service. We are definitely a passionate and pioneering company and proud of our ability to continually innovate after 35 years of leading the market.

We have a talented team at Esterlam, and we remain obsessed with delivering excellence.

I’m well known for my slightly off the wall sense of humour and passion for golf and motor sports. I also enjoy nothing more than making sure that our Agents and clients have a great experience when they work with us in whatever language!